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Newsletter: January 2022 - Volume 7

Join us for Worship on Sundays @ 11:30 a.m. (PST) - Zoom Meeting ID: 84903314038

2021 Ministry Highlights

The Ministry Welcomes

New Board Member  

Ms. Cherella Nicholson

Ms. Nicholson will serve as the Saturday Cultural School Parent Recruiter and Liaison (PRL) to the ministry. In consultation with the Educational Coordinator the PRL will promote the Saturday Cultural School program among African and African American parents/families with elementary school age children in Fresno and the surrounding communities.

As a Saturday Cultural School Parent Recruiter and Liaison, she would like to…build a relationship with the parents and support the recruitment and retention goals of Saturday Cultural School. Her skills include board of director member experience, governance, fiscal leadership, program design and implementation, board and community facilitation, public speaking, strategic planning, and fundraising.

We asked Ms. Nicholson to share a few of her favorites: 

  • My favorite thing to do in Fresno is attend Outdoor Food Vendor events. 
  • My favorite place to travel so far is Cape Town, South Africa
  • My favorite dessert is fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. 
  • My favorite author is Dan Immergluck
  • My favorite movie is Judas and the Black Messiah 

Please join the ministry’s board in welcoming Ms. Nicholson


Cherella Nicholson enjoys nature walks.


Ms. Nicholson, Drew Wilson, Micaelynn Lewis and Trent Ebaugh celebrate community development at St Rest Plazaon Elm Street.

Happy 32nd Anniversary

The Way Ministries ...John 14:6 (TWM)

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Thirty-two years ago, God gave life to The Way Ministries...John 14:6. Today, with your love and prayers we celebrate that life with joy.


This month, as the Lord leads you, feel free to give something extra special to the ministry at: www.thewayprayer.org

Proverbs 11:25 ERV says, A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.


This 32nd Anniversary appeal is for a special gift/donation to The Way Ministries…John 14:6 (TWM). The Mission of TWM is “Changing Lives Through Christ.” As an arm of the ministry, The Way Ministries…John 14:6 Christian Fellowship (TWCF) shares the same mission as the ministry.


Song Release...

Below is a link to the inspirational song “Someone Watching” written and sung by our own director, Rev./Dr. Ifeanyi-Chukwu H. Oputa. We hope you will click, share and download. Be on the lookout for future releases. “Silver Lining” has also been released. Check our website and Facebook for updates. Song Link: https://bit.ly/3FjQtvp

(The file will download on your cmputerCopy and paste link in your browser if clicking doesn't work. Song should download)

Pastor Oputa Reclaims His Name!

Did you ever wonder about the initial “I” in the name of our ministry director and pastor of The Way Christian Fellowship Rev./Dr. Henry I. Oputa. Well there is a story there.

When Rev./Dr. Oputa, was born he was the first surviving son of Chief D.C. and Mrs. Juliana Oputa. Rev./Dr. Oputa himself was fragile at birth.

As is customary in the Igbo and other African cultures, names given to children carries significant meaning. Believing that God would allow this son to not only survive but thrive, he was named Ifeanyi-Chukwu Oputa – “Nothing is Impossible with God”

So…where did “Henry” come from? Coming from a Catholic tradition, it was customary for priests to insist on the children being christened with Anglo names (the issues surrounding that are conversations for another time.) This is how he became known in school and other public arenas as “Henry”.

As many of you know, Rev./Dr. Oputa turned 70 last year. As part of that process, he was led to reclaim his traditional birth name – Ifeanyi-Chukwu H. Oputa (ee-fyne-yay-choo koo). So now you know.

Additional Ministry 2021 Highlights

  • Distributed Thanksgiving Baskets to 70 Families
  • Conducted Saturday School Virtually in the Spring and Fall for 26 Children with Our Igbo Language Teacher Zooming in From Nigeria
  • Continued to Hold Virtual Worship Services for The Way Christian Fellowship

(Sundays @ 11:30 a.m. (PST) - Zoom Meeting ID: 84903314038)

  • Continued to Hold Virtual Men's and Women's Bible Studies for The Way Christian Fellowship
  • The Director Began Posting Prayers on Social Media August 30th

(You can find the posts on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn)

For more information you can reach us at ( 559) 233-8546 or visit our website: https://thewayprayer.org/

Newsletter Staff

Rev./Dr. Ifeanyi-Chukwu H. Oputa, Ministry Executive Director

Mrs./Dr. Francine Broadous Oputa, Newsletter Editor

Board Member Alice Anderson-Green, Newsletter Writer